Intel unveils a brand new model of motherboard socket LGA 2011 dedicated to its Sandy Bridge-E, based on the DX79TO x79 chipset ATX form factor to low-end. Intel Core i7 Extreme Editions are expected in this line producing eight memory banks that can go up to DDR3 1600 MHz, supports up to 64GB of RAM and Overclocking. Inside is the Intel HD Audio, which will manage the three 6-channel analog. Classic Gigabit Ethernet port is also present, with two USB 3.0 ports (external connector required), up to fourteen USB 2.0 ports, two SATA III to 6 Gb / s and four SATA II 3 Gb / s, and finally two FireWire ports.
On the video side, the motherboard will carry two graphics cards in PCI Express 3.0 x16 wired and three additional cards to extend the already numerous ports on the PCI Express 1x. For the nostalgic, good old PCI standard is present on the motherboard. Security is also needed with a TPM chip soldered
DX79TOis guaranteed for three years, and it will cost you about $200 to buy one. A rather attractive price positioning compared to cards already available on the market, but the idea of Intel is to really push other manufacturers to follow in the footsteps of the cards and offer even more complete and efficient at affordable prices to reduce the entry level for the platform.